Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder have formed an extraordinary friendship since 1989, characterized by a deep connection that sometimes transcends the boundaries of a platonic relationship. Their bond is often described as remarkably romantic, with moments that seem to defy conventional friendships.
In a revealing 2018 interview, Reeves openly acknowledges that he and Ryder have a unique chemistry, noting that they “make good couple.” Ryder and Reeves’s initial encounter took place in 1989 when they presented together at the American Spirit Awards.
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Winona Ryder Admitted Having A Crush On Keanu Reeves
After their first meeting, as shared by the Stranger Things actress herself, she developed a profound and affectionate admiration for Keanu Reeves from the moment they met, describing it as a “big, healthy crush.”
“I had a big, healthy crush on you,” she told Entertainment Tonight. In response, Keanu Reeves said that the feeling was mutual. “I had a big, healthy crush on you, too,” Reeves said.
However, it wasn’t until 1992 that their relationship truly flourished, as both actors were cast in Francis Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Interestingly, Johnny Depp had initially been chosen for Reeves’ role, but the studio decided to pass on Depp due to his perceived lack of star power at the time.
In search of a suitable replacement for Depp, Coppola turned to Winona Ryder for her input on who should be cast in the role. Without any hesitation, Ryder promptly suggested Reeves as a potential candidate. One might speculate whether her unwavering support for Reeves as a choice stemmed from her enduring “big, healthy crush” on him.
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Keanu Reeves Believes They Would’ve Made A Good Couple
Ryder and Reeves share a fascinating dynamic, with speculation surrounding their relationship and potential real-life marriage. This intrigue stems from their involvement in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, where their characters participate in a wedding scene officiated by a genuine Romanian priest. Due to the authenticity of the ceremony, Ryder holds the belief that the actors may have become legally married during the filming process.
“We actually got married in Dracula,” she reminded Reeves in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “No, I swear to God, I think we’re married in real life. In that scene, Francis [Ford Coppola] used a real Romanian priest. We shot the master, and he did the whole thing. So I think we’re married.”
Reeves openly acknowledged the special connection between him and Ryder, stating in an interview with PEOPLE that he believes they “make a good couple.” This candid remark from Reeves further underscores the chemistry and rapport shared between the two actors. “Winona is a lovely person and a talented actress,” Reeves said. “I think we make a good couple.”
The chemistry between Ryder and Reeves has led to their portrayal as romantic partners in multiple films. Their most recent collaboration in the 2018 romantic comedy Destination Wedding, where they portrayed cynical characters who unexpectedly find themselves developing feelings for one another.
Dracula can be rented or purchased on Google Play.